Bloomingdale, Florida

Bloomingdale, Florida

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Bloomingdale is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 22,711 at the 2010 census. The ZIP Codes serving the community are 33511 (which is addressed to Brandon) and 33596 (which is addressed to Valrico).HistoryBloomingdale was settled some time before 1850 by John Vickers, John Carney, and others. Carney was killed on April 17, 1856 by Seminole Indians during the Third Seminole War. Bloomingdale School was founded in 1884, which in 1897 became a teacher's institute, training an average of 54 teachers at a time from as far north as Gainesville and as far south as Dade County. In 1890 the railway was routed through Brandon, and Bloomingdale began to decline as businessmen like D.J. Galvin, who owned a feed store on the property that is now Mulrennan Middle School, moved to Brandon for access to all the benefits provided by the railroad. In 1910, the post office closed and in 1920 the school closed and the students were sent to Brandon instead. The community declined, or at best remained stable until the 1960s, when it became a bedroom community for Tampa.GeographyBloomingdale is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 7.9sqmi, of which 7.8sqmi is land and 0.1sqmi is water. Bell Shoals, a feature of the Alafia River, is located in Bloomingdale.

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